Munemasa Katagiri (片桐 宗政, Katagiri Munemasa) was a former Japanese soccer player and is an employee, primarily a talent scout of the Japan Football Association (JFA).
Katagiri pulls the strings in the background and supports the many talents of the Golden Generation, including Tsubasa Ozora, Misaki, Hyuga, Aoi, and many others, on their way to the top of the world. In the film series and the U-13 International Tournament arc, Katagiri has also being assistant coach and in charge of helping U-13 Japan, U-14 Japan and All Japan Jr. in their matches against European teams and in the Jr. World Cup in Film 4.
Before Captain Tsubasa series Edit
During a match, Katagiri had an injury, and lost his right eye. Because of that, he had to stop his career as a player.
As Football scoutEdit
Since he is a former striker, Katagiri quickly recognizes the potential and talent of player. He plays a big side role in the series, helping Tsubasa and others to succeed in their dreams. Along with Kaori Matsumoto, he is one of the most admired talent scouts in Japan.
He has followed Tsubasa at the beginning of his career until he went to Brazil. He even help to make Roberto Hongo react to become Tsubasa's mentor once again during the final match of the International Jr. Youth Cup.
As JFA representativeEdit
He continues to support the Golden Generation, he agreed in Battle of World Youth to have a shadow team called Real Japan 7 to make the All Japan Youth stronger and be prepared for the 2nd Asian preliminaries.
He arranged to have the U-20 International World Youth Cup in Japan in little time with the assistance of his father, Mr. Katagiri, who is an importance corporate businessman in Japan.
- In the Latin American dub, his name is Adriano Fogartini, while in the European dub his name is Kirk Pearson.
- His manga design as a young player is very similar to Shun Nitta and his anime design for the Shin Captain Tsubasa (OVA) and the Captain Tsubasa J anime resembles Ken Wakashimazu in a great manner.
- In the 1983 TV series, Katagiri, as an assistant coach, assisted the U-13 Japan in the U-13 International Tournament in France and West Germany (respectively) as the only Asian representative. Here, he said that he learnt to be a trainer thanks to Tatsuo Mikami's guidance.